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Reynell Developmental Language Scales

  • Elizabeth Schoen Simmons
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_985-3



The New Reynell Developmental Language Scales (NRDLS) is the current edition of the Reynell Developmental Language Scales. The NRDLS is a norm-referenced assessment that measures expressive and receptive language skills in children 2–7 years of age. It contains two scales – Verbal Comprehension and Production. The Verbal Comprehension Scale measures language understanding of nouns, verbs, and prepositions. It also measures a child's ability to follow simple and complex directions and provides information on comprehension of basic inferences. The Production Scale measures spoken language in the areas of syntax, vocabulary, and content.

Historical Background

The RDLS was initially created in the United Kingdom with normative data collected in Britain. The British version is in its fourth revision (NRDLS: The University of Reading Edition; Edwards et al. 2011). There is also an American version, published in 1990 (Reynell and Gruber 1990).

Psychometric Data


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References and Readings

  1. Edwards, S., Letts, C., & Sinka, I. (2011). The new Reynell developmental language scales. London: GL Assessment Limited.Google Scholar
  2. Reynell, J., & Gruber, C. (1990). Reynell developmental language scales. Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological SciencesUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA